A pop of color from late season flowers creates a sense of magic.
in Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA
As I walked through a garden this afternoon I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Then I didn't see it. I looked again, and found a praying mantis hiding in plain sight.
I find it amazing how much these big insects blend in with their surroundings.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:10 AM
Clumps of pink were scattered across the grass, a show of autumn crocus. It was a delight to see these autumn-blooming flowers that resemble the crocus we see in the spring.
Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is an autumn-blooming flower that resembles the true crocuses, but is a member of the Colchicaceae plant family, unlike the true crocuses which belong to the Iridaceae family. The name "naked lady" comes from the fact that the flowers emerge from the ground long after the leaves have died back.
from the Colchicum autumnale page on Wikipedia
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:01 AM
September brings a several weeks long outdoor sculpture exhibit to Maudslay State Park. It's fun to walk through spaces where there is usually only naturally occurring color to find things that don't belong.
This morning was a perfect time to wander through the sculptures.
The theme of this year's exhibit is "blue".
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 5:31 PM
Weather wizard, are you listening?
We really need rain; can you send us some?
It seems odd that this lack of water goes back to the beginning of 2015 given that was our year of never-ending snow.
Over half of Massachusetts is in the midst of an extreme drought, with the area in danger of major crop losses and water restrictions more than doubling since last week, the US Drought Monitor said Thursday.
The widespread drought comes as Greater Boston experiences one of its driest periods in recent years. Rainfall is down 9.5 inches this year, and 18.5 inches since the start of 2015, according to the National Weather Service.
courtesy of the Boston Globe
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:32 AM
It was a delightful afternoon.
Yesterday was my garden volunteer morning. As we were weeding, pruning, and working to restore the garden's shine one, of my co-volunteers told me about a sunflower field in Newbury. It was clear to me that it was a "must see" place for me.
After returning home I checked the location of Colby Farms, grabbed my camera, and headed to the farmstand. I arrived to find a field of sunflowers that was planted for people to wander through. The wind was howling and the flowers were dancing, decorating the field with a splash of yellow.
I will happily return to walk among the flowers again.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:18 PM
Monday was a day of garden visits. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine offered flowers, sculptures, a meditation garden and a fairy village. It was a good place to wander.
I loved the sculpted scarecrow in the children's garden.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:19 PM